It is great that throughout the UK we will be celebrating the role of small businesses in our society today. Whilst the ups and downs of the largest companies fill the business pages of the daily papers it is all the thousands of small businesses which are the life blood of our economy.
As someone who worked in a small business for over 25 years and indeed ran one for 16 years I know the problems small businesses face. It is important that their concerns are listened to and acted on by Government. New rules and regulations are often more difficult for a small business to cope with. The impact of business rates can be a real threat to the existence of some small business and the help on this front announced in this weeks Autumn Statement will be warmly welcomed, especially news that there is to be a complete review of the system of business rates.
We all have a role to play in helping small businesses by shopping locally and employing local tradesmen and professionals. Small Business Saturday is a great way to remind ourselves of the value of our local small businesses. Use them or lose them!